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Daniel Martins
Digital Reporter

Wednesday, July 30, 2014, 8:04 AM -

It was a wild night of severe, and unusual, weather for some Canadians.

Storms and waterspouts on the Great Lakes made for some damaging weather, a very rare heat burst hit Calgary, and sweltering heat continues in parts of Atlantic Canada and British Columbia.

Here's your coast-to-coast roundup.

Atlantic Canada

Newfoundland was one of the few regions of Canada with any kind of weather advisory Wednesday morning, a special weather statement for intense humidity, making it feel like 35 or more on much of the island, including St. John's.

The province saw some storm risk Tuesday, but on Wednesday the most chance of non-severe storms is centred on Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.


Newfoundland's intense humidity is likely to repeat Thursday, while the Maritimes is slowly cooling down to more seasonal levels.

Ontario

A round of severe storms caused some damage on the shores of Lake Huron, particularly in the town of Goderich.


Those storms caused noticeable damage to the region, which in 2011 was the site of an F3 tornado that killed one person.

The province, along with Quebec, is in the middle of a unseasonal cooldown, keeping daytime highs in the low 20s for most of the week.

The Great Lakes, however, take longer to heat or cool, so with cooler air above comparatively warmer lakes, it would only take a bit of wind sheer to produce rotation, in the form of waterspouts.

There's more chance of waterspouts on Wednesday on the Great Lakes, so stay alert and rethink boating plans.


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Another round of rain and storms is possible this afternoon and evening in parts of Ontario, with non-severe storms risk covering most of the south.


Prairie provinces

People in Calgary were startled in the predawn hours by a very uncommon phenomenon.

Known as a 'heat burst,' it drove temperatures in the city up by several degrees, along with winds gusting up to 85 km/h.

Temperatures and humidity are generally high this week on the Prairies, meaning fuel for thunderstorms.


While none of the region's major cities are at risk for severe storms,the risk zone shifts on Thursday, and people in the Alberta foothills in particularly should be wary.


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British Columbia and the Northwest Territories

Air quality advisories were issued for parts of the Northwest Territories, including Yellowknife, due to massive wildfires that continue to burn in the region.

The fires have burned a record total of more than a million hectares in the territory.


Dry and hot conditions haven't helped, nor have they in British Columbia, which is in the thick of its own wildfire fight.


That province has seen the most days above 30oC this summer so far, and although there was some respite last week, wildfire risk is on the rise again, with B.C.'s Wildfire Management Branch reporting moderate to extreme wildfire risk across much of the province.

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